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    Re: Project Apis m

    The goal is admirable, but IMO, they are leaning too much on VSH traits where other mite resistance measures such as allogrooming are equally important in the long term.
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    The appendix occupies the same area as the float bladder in fish. What it does today was only sussed out a few years ago. Basically, it stores microbiota that reboot the gut in the event of some...
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    Re: Speed of adaptation....

    We could speculate that all organs are under positive selection so long as that organ does something necessary to survival. Now explain why humans have an appendix. Before you get too far with...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    As the background population becomes mite tolerant, the managed colonies gain tolerance to the extent that their genetics are derived from the ferals.
  5. Re: Africanized Beehive ? Someone has tried ?

    Look up the Jackson Horizontal Hive. Honey can be removed without disturbing the brood next. There is also a port at the back of hive so smoke can be puffed in without opening the hive. It was...
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    Poll: Re: Engineering Project

    Here I was hoping to find a good quality beehive that would meet my needs, the bees needs, and still cost less than $5 each. Noting for the record that a 13.3 cu ft trash bin at $15 is a tad too...
  7. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    It is always best to wait until a new queen has her own brood hatching before moving or otherwise disturbing them. This brood was sealed a day or two ago so should emerge in about 10 days. They are...
  8. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Results: One colony with 4 frames of brood with sealed brood on 3 combs. Two colonies with queens that just started laying. Two colonies hopelessly queenless. I gave a frame of brood to one of the...
  9. Re: Solar Wax Melter - 1 or 2 Panes of Glass and Why?

    There is a fundamental design problem with the solar melters I've seen plans for and have built and used over the years. The wax drips into a pan or collector that can't reach or stay near...
  10. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    The hive that was not aggressively washboarding was indeed still queenless. They have about 8 nice looking queen cells that have been sealed a couple of days. I might harvest a few of them and put...
  11. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Washboarding is a fall activity that healthy queenright colonies engage in the most. A queenless hive will have a few washboarding bees. This changes dramatically when a virgin queen emerges with...
  12. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I can tell 4 of the splits now have virgin queens by the dramatically increased washboarding at the entrance. I plan to check one that is not looking right this afternoon. A little detail that...
  13. Re: Hive designs and their advantages and disadvantages

    Bernhard may not see this but I can give the differences.

    The original Dadant hives were a bit over an inch longer and carried longer frames as a result. They were rectangular and over they years...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    This gets down to needing relative isolation so mating is limited to resistant genetics and starting with queens with some level of resistance. So long as there are survivors, there is something to...
  15. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I moved 3 queen cells with two going into the splits from the hot hive and 1 into one of the other splits after removing the laying queen. At this time, I expect to have 5 queens emerge in a few...
  16. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I split the hot hive this afternoon putting 3 frames of brood into a Langstroth box. These are the last 3 Langstroth size frames I have in my bees. The queen was on the 3rd frame. I put the hive...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Seeley's work is much more recent, within the last 20 years. I have his book Honeybee Democracy. That is probably where I read about drifting at the kilometer distance.

    The Gleanings article was...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    The article was in Bee Culture about 40 years ago so I'm sure it is not available online. You summarized it very well that drifting within an apiary is a problem. Seeley did some work to determine...
  19. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    A quick check showed cells in the process of being sealed. I am going to split the "hot" hive tomorrow and move cells into it Tuesday. I will also remove the breeder queen that supplied the eggs...
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    Sticky: Re: squarepeg 2015-2019 treatment free experience

    Disinclination to rob does not equate with disinclination to drift. I read an article a few years ago that drifting bees may be more important for disease spread than robbing bees.

    While SP...
  21. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I'm glad to give as much perspective as possible. You would think that I would have learned a bit more about what works and what doesn't over the years. Then the bees surprise me with something...
  22. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    I went through the splits from last Sunday today and verified queens present in the hives that were left with old queens and queen cells being built in the queenless portion. I placed the queenless...
  23. Re: Distinguishing between Carniolan and Caucasian honey bees

    The mixed genetics here in the U.S. make it impossible to determine much about the race of a given colony. Only where some effort has been put into breeding and maintaining pure lines is it possible...
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    Re: My experience with Minnesota Hygienic bees

    http://fergusonapiaries.on.ca/queens-buckfast-stock/shipping-and-pricing

    The veterinary import license cost $100 so they are relatively expensive.
  25. Sticky: Re: Beekeeping using Square Dadant hives, treatment free since 2005

    Today was the first summer honey harvest. I waited until we had several weeks of relatively dry weather before pulling honey so it is low enough moisture to store for up to a year. The climate here...
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